Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa tried to sign Marseille winger Dimitri Payet earlier this summer, a report from French outlet Le10Sport has claimed.
However, it seems that Bielsa was unable to convince the midfielder to make the move to Elland Road, with Payet signing a new contract with Marseille earlier this summer.
A new playmaker has seemingly been something of a transfer priority for Leeds this season, with several big names linked with the club, and now Payet has joined that list.
According to the latest reports, Bielsa had made contact with the 33-year-old earlier this summer in an attempt to convince him to make a move to the Premier League.
However, it is thought that Bielsa could not tempt Payet to make the move to Yorkshire, something backed up by the fact that the player put pen to paper on a new two-year contract extension with Marseille in June, securing his future at The Stade Velodrome until the summer of 2024.
Payet is of course no stranger to the Premier League, with his time at Marseille sandwiched by an 18-month spell with West Ham between the summer of 2015 and January 2017.
During that stint with the Hammers, Payet scored 11 goals and provided 18 assists in 48 Premier League appearances for the club.
That influence has continued since his return to Marseille, with the French international scoring 33 goals and providing 35 assists in 130 outings in all competitions across that second spell with the club.
This could have been some signing for Leeds.
Even now, Bielsa’s side does still seem to need another attacking midfielder, and Payet’s is someone whose experience and ability means he could have fit that role perfectly.
Indeed, the Frenchman’s ability to come up with a moment of magic out of very little – which he continues to show on a regular basis – could have been a vital asset for Leeds as they look for results to keep themselves in the top-flight this season.
As a result, the fact they missed out on Payet is certainly disappointing, although given he is 33-years-old already, there is an argument that he is now reaching the latter stages of his career, meaning this would likely have been a short-term rather than a long-term solution to need for an extra playmaker at Leeds.